Gustavus Adolphus: A History of the Art of War from Its Revival After the Middle Ages to the End of the Spanish Succession War, with a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of the Great Swede, and of the Most Famous Campaigns of Turenne, Condé, Eugene and Marlborough
Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632), King of Sweden, has been rightfully hailed as the father of modern warfare and as the most outstanding commander of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Forming the first national conscript army in modern Europe, he emphasized officer education, strict discipline, rigorous training, and the combination of firepower and mobility, until he had forged a formidable fighting force that stands unrivaled between Caesar's legions and Napoleon's Grande Armée. In 1630 Gustavus rescued the beleaguered Protestant cause in Germany from the Catholic League of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II militarily, led by the era's two other great captains, Tilly and Wallenstein. Gustavus triumphed against them (twice defeating Tilly) in battles that are tactical masterpieces, but he was killed while leading a cavalry charge at Lutzen.Illustrated with nearly 250 drawings and maps, Dodge's brilliant work (1895) not only examines the life, battles, and military innovations of Gustavus Adolphus but continues beyond the end of the Thirty Years' War to 1712, discussing his influence upon the great captains who followed—Turenne, Condé, Eugene, and Marlborough. The result is a clear, comprehensive study of a neglected but crucial period in the annals of warfare.
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16th Century advance allies Alsatia Anklam arms artillery attack Baltic Banér battle Bavaria besieged Bethlen Gabor Bohemia Brandenburg bridge camp campaign captured Catholic cavalry centre Christian Colberg column command Condé crossed Danube Danzig defense Demmin detachment duke duke of Lorraine Elbe elector elector of Brandenburg emperor enemy enemy’s Eugene ﬁeld ﬁnally ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂank force fortress France Frankfort French front garrison Garz Germany guns GUSTA Gustavus Adolphus held Horn hundred imperialists infantry intrenched John George join king king’s Kniphausen Landsberg left bank Magdeburg manoeuvre Mansfeld Marlborough Mecklenburg military Montecuculi moved musketeers Netherlands operations Oxenstiern Pappenheim peace Poland Pomerania prince Protestant pushed rear regiments retired Rhine river Saxony sent siege Sigismund Silesia soldier Spanish Stettin stood Stralsund strong success Swabia Swedes Swedish tavus thousand foot Tilly Tilly’s tion Tollense took town troops Turenne Turenne's Vendome victory victual Wallenstein